Taxis : Metered taxis are available 24 hours in Bangkok.
The metered fare is standardized, with the flag down rate being 35 Baht
for the first 2 km and around 5 Baht for each km thereafter. Passengers
must pay tolls if using the expressways.
Make sure the driver turns on the meter once you get in. Make sure you
have change, as taxi drivers often don't! Drivers change shifts at about
3:30-4:00 p.m., and may not accept you unless your destination is convenient.
If taxis do not have meters, fares must be agreed upon before starting.
The amount will vary depending on the distance, traffic, weather (if it
is raining the fare will rise) and the negotiating skills of the hirer.
Average fares in Bangkok are between 50-200 Baht. No tip is expected,
but it is a nice gesture.
Tuk-Tuks : The colorful, three-wheeled, open-air "samlor"
taxis are renowned for their capability to maneuver into the tightest
spots, offering passengers an interesting ride. Accommodating two passengers
(three or four at a squeeze), it is best for short trips during off-peak
hours. Settle the fare BEFORE proceeding. Normally cheaper than metered
taxis, the fare should never exceed 200 Baht per trip.
City Buses : Bangkok has an extensive bus service with routes
serving every part of the city, providing a fun and cheap way to explore
the city. There are both air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned vehicles.
The fare for the former depends on the distance traveled, starting from
10 Baht per person and the buses are colored blue, orange or white/green,
depending on the route. The latter charges a flat fee of either 3.50 Baht
per person (green and white/red colored buses) or 5 Baht per person (white/red
Because of the low fares, the open-aired buses tend to be heavily crowded,
especially during the peak hours in the morning (6-9 am) and evenings
(4-7 pm). Be watchful of your belongings and learn the art of balancing
since the ride might be jerky, with sudden stops and accelerations. You
can request the purser to notify you of your stop. People at the bus stops
will gladly inform you of the correct bus number to take if unsure of
how to get to your destination.
Be prepared with exact change or bank notes of 50 Baht (blue) or lesser
denominations. An uniformed purser aboard the bus (listen for the clinking
sound of coins in a long, cylinder container) will collect the fee and
give you a ticket. Keep the ticket handy for inspections later down the
Microbus: The pinkish-violet, air-conditioned minibuses share
some of the popular routes as city buses. The advantage is the flat rate
of 10-25 Baht per person (depends on the routing distance) and that seats
are guaranteed. Once all seats are occupied, the bus will not pick up
more passengers until there is a vacancy.
BTS Skytrains: With stations in major commercial areas and departures
every 5 minutes, it is an ideal means of transportation to escape the
traffic. Service is via 2 routes: the Mo Chit - On Nut route (runs along
Sukhumvit Rd.) and the National Stadium-Taksin Bridge route (runs along
Silom Rd.). Running from 6 am to midnight, the fare depends on distance
traveled, ranging from 10-40 Baht per person. Routes and fares are posted
at every station, where tickets must be purchased.
Motorcycle Taxis: Unique to Thailand, these taxis emerged in response
to needs for faster transportation during traffic jams and access to main
roads from remote neighborhoods and deep sois (alleyways). Drivers wear
colorful vests and fares are slightly higher than those of metered taxis.
Fare should always be negotiated BEFORE proceeding. Thai laws stipulate
helmets must be worn in the use of motorcycles on public roads. Be prepared
for an adventurous ride.
River Taxis : Taxis that are even more unusual, though equally
convenient, are the river taxis that ply the Chao Phraya river. Some ferry
passengers across the river (2 Baht), while others run the route to various
landing stages on both banks, going up as far as the northern suburb of
Nonthaburi. Fare ranges from 5-20 Baht per person, depending on distance.
Signs at the landing piers are posted in both Thai and English.
Hired Car : If you want to experience driving in Bangkok, there
are many car rental firms in Bangkok, including international rental companies
such as Hertz, Budget and Avis. The road system is good and well posted
with signs written in English. An international driving license is required.
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